For who don’t know, I’m a bit of a history buff and I enjoy integrating historical information into how I play milsim games. Over the course of some research I was doing on the Cold War I came across two Long Range Surveillance Companies that were deployed in Germany during this period. Would the Cold War have heated up they would have been sent deep into communist Europe to find targets of importance for their commanders and report back. These units are the direct descendants of the famous Long Rang Reconnaissance Patrols of the Vietnam War. Since they were deactivated, the long range surveillance mission has mostly been handed over to the special operations community due to the type of soldier and training required.
LRRPs, LRSDs, SEALs, Marine Recon, Scout Snipers. These elite units and others like them specialize in special reconnaissance gathering among other things. Reconnaissance missions are significantly different from other types of combat actions. While all units attempt to evade detection and gather information about their enemies, these units live and die by that ability.